Bachelor of Public Safety and Security

CSU’s Bachelor of Public Safety and Security is your opportunity to become involved or advance in one of today’s fastest growing industries. There has been exponential growth in the number and diversity of agencies and practitioners providing public safety and security services.

This internationalised degree is designed to prepare and develop the professional practice of those wishing to enter, or are working in, the field. Whether it is earthquakes and fires, transnational crime and money laundering, or terrorism and border security, the challenges facing our public safety and security agencies are common across the Western world.

At a glance

Domestic students

Study mode: Online

Campuses:

Duration:

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

ATAR:

International students

This course is not available to international students

Why study this course?

The Bachelor of Public Safety and Security is taught by practitioners for practitioners. Our faculty staff are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise.

Practical program

Your course can be tailored to meet your personal objectives and career goals. You’ll develop skills in conducting research for the industry and exercise your own initiative and knowledge in real-world situations.

Flexible study options

Not only can you study this degree online from anywhere in the world, CSU also lets you vary your workload and times of study across your degree as your professional and personal life changes.

Recognition of experience

While experience isn’t necessary to enrol, if you work in the field you will receive credit for relevant training and work experience, which can significantly reduce the cost and duration of your degree. This is subject to an assessment and approval process.

CSU’s reputation

Established in 1993, the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a world leader in university education and research in law enforcement, emergency management and security. Courses span a broad range of global issues, including international terrorism, intelligence analysis, transnational crime, fraud and financial crime, corruption, cybercrime, and natural disaster management.

Career opportunities

Diverse employers

Employment opportunities exist in government and non-government agencies that provide for the safety of our communities. These include policing, border protection, emergency management, counter-terrorism, intelligence and defence.

Global career paths

Growing demand for professionals with public safety and security qualifications could see you working anywhere in the world.

Further study

AGSPS offers a broad range of postgraduate qualifications relevant to the public safety and security sectors.

Credit and pathways

Credit packages aligned with AQF requirements regarding the maximum credit arrangements for Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs will be available to students who have successfully completed related awards.

Subjects

The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

Course structure

Core subjects

COM120 Reasoning and Writing
EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
EMG102 Emergency Decision Making
JST117 Introduction to Intelligence
IKC201 Comparative Indigenous Studies
JST205 Criminology: History and Theory
JST226 Introduction to Police Investigations
JST346 Criminal Investigations in Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Societies
JST313 Investigative Interviewing
POL303 Organised Crime
JST322 Crime Reduction
JST344 Terrorism Awareness
JST350 Cyber Security: Terrorism, Crime and Warfare in the 21st Century
JST351 Foundations in Financial Crime (16)
GPM430 Foundations of Corruption and Misconduct

Electives
List of Restricted Electives. Students must complete 7 (or equivalent point value) to achieve the 192 points required for graduation.

Society, Ethics and Corruption

SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC308 Community Analysis
SOC205 Social Research
MGT100 Organisations and Management
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
PHL202 Ethical Theory
JST318 Human Rights and Social Justice
JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice: An Introduction

Crime and Law Enforcement
JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society
JST310 Information and Investigation

Policing Practice
JST324 Team Management and Leadership
JST345 Police and Victims
JST347 Police and the Media
JST309 Indigenous Issues in Policing
JST456 Islam and Policing in the Modern World

Emergency Management
EMG102 Emergency Decision Making
EMG103 Emergency Management Plan Development
EMG201 Training and Exercise Development
EMG206 Analysis of Disaster Response (16CP)
EMG208 Post Impact Disaster Management (16 CP)
SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information systems
EMG307 Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan (16 points)
EMG308 Disaster Recovery, Sustainability and Resilience

Homeland Security
CUS303 Transnational Crime (8)
CUS101 Border Agencies and Principles of Border Management (16)
CUS301 Border Management Ethics and Governance (16)
CUS202 International Air and Sea Passengers (16)
JST349 Radicalisation, Deradicalisation and Counter Radicalisation
POL111 International Relations

The course is designed to have maximum flexibility allowing the expertise or prior study of the student to be taken into consideration. All subjects must be drawn from the specified core subjects and the list of restricted electives. Alternative CSU subjects may be considered with the permission of the Course Director. Students entering the program with no RPL for previous study or experience must select a minimum of 2 x 100 level elective subjects in addition to the core subjects.

 

Enrolment pattern

Session 1
COM120 Reasoning and Writing
EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management

Session 2
EMG101 Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
EMG102 Emergency Decision Making

Session 3
IKC201 Comparative Indigenous Studies
JST117 Introduction to Intelligence

Session 4
JST226 Introduction to Police Investigations
Elective

Session 5
JST205 Criminology: History and Theory
Elective

Session 6
JST313 Investigative Interviewing
Elective

Session 7
JST346 Criminal Investigations in Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Societies
JST350 Cyber Security: Terrorism, Crime and Warfare in the 21st Century

Session 8
POL303 Organised Crime
Elective

Session 9
JST322 Crime Reduction
Elective

Session 10
JST344 Terrorism Awareness
Elective

Session 11
JST351 Foundations of Financial Crime (16)
Elective

Session 12
GPM430 Foundations of Corruption and Misconduct
Elective

 

Residential schools

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

JST313 Investigative Interviewing
JST456 Islam and Policing in the Modern World

Admission Information

Applicants for the Bachelor of Public Safety and Security must meet the following Admission Requirements:

• A completed High School Certificate (or equivalent) with an ATAR of 70 (including bonuses).

OR

Successful study at University level of at least two subjects in any area, as long as the subjects are full university level.

OR

• A completed Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate IV or higher, studied at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - or equivalent.

OR

• A completed Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) or bridging program studied at a TAFE, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or University - or equivalent.

OR

• Partial completion of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Diploma, of at least 50% from a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - or equivalent.

OR

• Work experience of at least two years full time or equivalent, in a related industry to the course, such as law enforcement, human services, corrections or justice administration, demonstrated by a detailed resume.

English Language Proficiency
Minimum CSU English Language Proficiency Requirements apply.

Cost of study

For information on the tuition fees and other costs associated with studying this course, see 'Cost of study' section of online course brochure

Course Details

Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineManlyFPOSYYYJAST
DirectOnlineManlyCGSYYYEAST

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete 192 point. The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the Course Structure and Enrolment Pattern for the course.

How to apply

For online applications, see 'How to apply' section of online course brochure

About the School

Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS)

Established in 1993, CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. CSU’s courses offered through AGSPS span a broad range of global issues that include international terrorism, intelligence analysis, transnational crime, fraud and financial crime, corruption, cyber-crime, and natural disaster management. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise. The School continues to grow through close collaboration with law enforcement, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia and overseas, with courses attracting students from around the globe. AGSPS also provides education and training programs in Abu Dhabi, China, India (National Police Academy), New Zealand, Indonesia (UNODC), Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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